Patients with psychosis receive incorrect diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease

Пациенты с психозами получают ошибочные диагнозы о болезни Альцгеймера

Scientists have shared evidence to suggest that among patients suffering from psychosis, a rather high frequency setting misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

A study by American and canadian scientists, the results of which were published in the journal “Alzheimer’s&96;s and Dementia,” suggests: patients with psychosis quite often misdiagnosed Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. In this work, analyzed data on more than 900 patients a National focal point for Alzheimer’s disease.

In particular, experts estimate that those who suffered from psychosis, misdiagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies was imposed five times more often compared with patients who were not current a problem such as psychosis. As for Alzheimer’s, the calculations of scientists have shown the following. Among patients with psychosis, who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, more than 20% of the cases people either got a false positive or false negative diagnosis.

“Among patients with psychosis, the frequency setting of misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease high – level, over 24%,” said co-author, Dr. Winnie Qian from St. Michael’s hospital in Toronto.

According to scientists, the fallacy of diagnoses stems from the fact that in Alzheimer’s disease psychosis really play the role of one of the symptoms of the disease. However, not every psychosis is evidence of neurodegenerative disorders associated with different types of dementia, he said.

Psychosis is a state of consciousness in which a person does not distinguish subjective experience from external reality. Why there psychosis, science still does not know exactly, but, according to available hypotheses, there may be an individual vulnerability associated with heredity, upbringing, or especially traumatic experience. For a person suffering from psychosis characterized by exclusion from social life and isolation on their inner world. Most people with psychosis recover after treatment.